Tackling climate change in a half-hearted way is merely sugar-coating the issue. One thing is irrefutable: there is no way we can achieve the 1.5°C goal by simply switching from fossil-based fuels to renewables. It is essential that we also switch from virgin to recycled raw materials – systematically and resolutely. Our company is showing how this can be done.
We are climate action. Many people do not realise that the circular economy is one of most important and most effective sectors for tackling climate change. Find out more about the different ways we help to protect and maintain living spaces for people, animals and plants. And about what policies and guidelines are still needed so that we can be even more successful.
Climate action means recycling
The mining, processing and linear use of virgin raw materials are all driving climate change. We recycle materials to reduce carbon emissions.
Climate action means alternative energies
From electricity produced from municipal waste to fuel made from animal fats – we have a wide range of energy-generating operations that help cut carbon emissions.
Climate action means transferring know-how
Collaborating to promote ecodesign and improve climate footprints. How we help manufacturers to consider the whole lifecycle of their products.
Climate action means active participation
We promote climate action in a whole range of different ways – from our educational project all the way through to our recycling label.
The amount of CO2 that could be saved in 2050 simply by ensuring all metals in Germany were recycled.1 That is more than three-quarters of all emissions currently being released into the atmosphere across the country each year.
1 WVMetalle [Metal Trade Association]: 19.20 – ‘Geschäftsbericht der Nichteisen-Metallindustrie’ [Report on the non-ferrous metal industry], p. 39, 2020